Saturday, January 31, 2009

New Fiction Book of Interest

The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman, which tells the story of Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir from Eirik the Redï's Saga and The Greenlandersï Saga in the light of modern archaeology. Author: Nancy Brown

Second Call for Papers

Second Call for Papers

5th Annual Postgraduate Conference
2nd - 3rd March, 2009

Anglo-Saxon Texts and Writers

We are inviting postgraduate students in all disciplines to submit
proposals for
20-minute papers for the 5th Annual MANCASS Postgraduate Conference,
2nd- 3rd March, 2009. This year's conference will focus on:

#The nature of Anglo-Saxon texts (literary, legal or religious) with
special reference to the manuscripts and codices used in their

#The influence and distribution of these texts and their authors in
other insular and continental cultures.

#Post-medieval usages and interpretations of the Anglo-Saxon texts and

Besides, this year's keynote speakers include Dr Peter Stokes (ASNaC,
Cambridge) and Dr Winfried Rudolf (Lincoln College, Oxford). As usual,
the conference will run parallel to the MANCASS Toller Lecture, which
shall be delivered by Prof Michelle P. Brown on Monday. Both events will
take place at the John Rylands University Library, Deansgate.

Proposals should not exceed 300 words. Selected papers will be
published in the online journal, The Proceedings of the Manchester
Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies Postgraduate Conference.

All proposals should be directed to Fran Álvarez at

The new deadline for proposals is 15 February, 2009

Saturday, January 24, 2009

2009 International Medieval Congress at Leeds Online Program

The programme of the 2009 International Medieval Congress at Leeds
(13.-16. July) is now available online at:

Information about registration and the Registration Form are available here:

A few sessions could now use a third paper. See:

Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity VIII: Shifting Cultural Frontiers in Late Antiquity

We are pleased to announce that the program and pre-registration link
for Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity VIII: Shifting Cultural
Frontiers in Late Antiquity have been placed on the conference website The conference meets from April 2-5,
2009, in Bloomington, IN and includes eleven sessions of papers as
well as keynote addresses by Jas' Elsner (Oxford University) and Seth
Schwartz (Jewish Theological Seminary).

Conference registration can be done online or by mail. Information
about travel and a range of accommodation can also be found on the
website. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Indiana Memorial
Union (the conference hotel). These rooms must be reserved by March
2, 2009.

Best wishes,

Ed Watts, Deborah Deliyannis, and David Brakke

Edward Watts
Associate Professor
Department of History
Indiana University
Ballantine Hall, Rm. 828
1020 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405-7103
phone: 812-855-6882

Shifting Frontiers 8:

Friday, January 23, 2009

2009 Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC) CFP

Please find attached the Call for Papers for the 2009 Byzantine Studies
Conference (BSC) to be held November 5-8 at Florida State University's
Sarasota campus including the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. A
copy of the text of the Call for Papers is also copied below and posted
as a .pdf file on the BSANA website
( Please feel free to
forward this Call for Papers to interested colleagues and graduate students.

The Chair of the Local Arrangements committee for the 2009 BSC is Lynn
Jones, and the Chair of the Program Committee is Linda Jones Hall.
Proposals are due March 16 to Adam Schor, Vice President of BSANA.
Detailed instructions for the submission of paper proposals as well as
additional information regarding deadlines, requirements and contact
information are included in the document below.

Please note: in order to present a paper at the BSC you must be a member
in good standing of the BSANA (2009 dues: regular members: $20;
students, retirees and independent scholars: $10). If you have not yet
renewed your membership, please return your 2009 membership form, which
was sent via the BSANA Yahoo groups listserv in a previous email message
and is also available for download from the BSANA website:

We look forward to seeing you in Sarasota in November!

Ann Marie Yasin
BSANA Secretary, 2008-2009



*Deadline for RECEIPT: Monday, March 16, 2009*

* *

The Thirty-Fifth Annual Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC) will be held
at Florida State University's Sarasota campus, including the John and
Mable Ringling Museum of Art from Thursday evening, November 5,
through Sunday lunch, November 8, 2009. The conference is the annual
forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on every aspect of
Byzantine studies, and is open to all, regardless of nationality or
academic status. **

It is also the occasion of the annual meeting of the Byzantine Studies
Association of North America (BSANA), conducted by the current BSANA

Sarah Bassett, President (Wayne State University)
Adam Schor, Vice President (Long Island University)
Ann Marie Yasin, Secretary (University of Southern California)
Anna Gonosová, Treasurer (University of California, Irvine)

For more information, please see our website:



We welcome proposals on any aspect of Byzantine studies. To deliver your
paper at the BSC, you must be a member of BSANA in good standing: to
join or renew your membership in the BSANA, complete the membership form
posted on the BSANA website and send it along with your dues payment to
the current BSANA Treasurer (contact information listed on the
membership form):

You can verify your membership status at the BSANA website listed above.

Proposals consist of *a cover sheet *with your proposed title and your
contact information *and, on separate pages, two copies of an abstract
*of no more than 500 words, formatted and submitted according to the
detailed instructions below. The abstract is the basis for judging the
proposed paper for acceptance; if accepted, it will be published in the
Byzantine Studies Conference’s annual /Abstracts of Papers/.

All proposed papers must be substantially original and never have been
published or presented previously in a public forum. Each contributor
may deliver only one paper. The Program Committee may give preference to
those who did not present a paper at the last BSC.

We welcome proposals for entire sessions or panels, including abstracts,
suggested chairs, and commentators, although all abstracts must be
reviewed and accepted on their own merits. If you are submitting as part
of a proposed session, indicate this on your cover sheet. The program
chair will group individually submitted papers into sessions, with the
expectation that many sessions will be interdisciplinary.

The session topics in the final program will depend on the subjects
represented in the submissions. We particularly welcome abstracts on
these topics: Byzantine Lay Religion; Political Theory; Military
Religion; Texts related to Physical Objects; the Byzantine military;
Byzantium and its Classical Heritage; Evil in Byzantium; Late Antiquity:
Transformation or Decline?, Ammianus and Procopius; Byzantium and the
Renaissance; Byzantium and the early Islamic caliphate; Memory in
Byzantium; Archaeology and Our Knowledge of the Past; Art and Ritual;
Recent Developments: Collecting and Exhibiting Byzantine Art (e.g.:Royal
Academy exhibition UK, Met reinstallation; DO reinstallation); Use of
Technology in Byzantine Studies.

Sessions in honor of Prof. Angeliki Laiou: Late Antique and Byzantine women,
The Crusades/The Fourth Crusade, Byzantine Market and Economy

All proposals will be reviewed by each member of the Program Committee:

Linda Jones Hall, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Program Chair
Sarah Brooks, James Madison University
Elizabeth Fisher, George Washington University
Georgia Frank, Colgate University
Kostis Kourelis, Connecticut College
Leonora Neville, Catholic University
Thelma Thomas, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

*Notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent by May 1, 2009. *


*The Abstract*

The abstract should be no more than 500 words in length and should
indicate the paper’s original contribution in sufficient detail and with
some indication of the contributor’s conclusions so that the Program
Committee can assess its merits. Papers will be limited to *20 minutes*
in length. *F**ollow the instructions for preparing the abstract (below)
to facilitate its publication in the /Abstracts of Papers/. BSANA has
no staff, and failure to prepare your abstract carefully will make it
impossible to publish*.

*The Cover Sheet*

On a separate cover sheet include:

* name
* address
* your preferred academic affiliation (or the designation
“Independent Scholar” with city and state of residence); graduate
status, if applicable
* phone and fax numbers
* e-mail address that will be *active on May 1*
* the paper’s title
* indication of preferred session (if any)
* indication of any projection or other special facilities needed
* *statement of whether you would prefer to be notified of
acceptance or rejection by post rather than by e-mail*

Graduate students must indicate their status on this sheet in order to
be eligible for the Graduate Prize Competition and/or travel subsidy
(see below).

Method of Submission

Please submit your proposals by e-mail as described below. The deadline
for submission *in all cases *is *March 16, 2009*. **

*Submissions.* The three-part proposal (cover sheet plus 2 copies of
abstract) must be submitted as a *single e-mail attachment *in the form
of a MICROSOFT WORD document, with the abstract formatted according to
the instructions for preparing the abstract outlined below.

The e-mail should be sent to the BSANA Vice President: * *

* Adam Schor (*


*Greek Fonts. *To avoid any problems arising from the use of different
Greek fonts, if either the title or the body of your abstract includes
Greek, we ask that you submit, in addition to the email attachment, a
second copy on paper to the address given below so that the Greek can be
verified. [Many Greek fonts are available free online. One possibility
is SPIonic which is compatible with Times New Roman, can be be used to
download texts from the TLG using it, and is freeware.]

*Adam Schor, *BSANA VP**
History Department, Hoxie Hall
Long Island University, C. W. Post campus
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548

*The submission of a proposal and its acceptance represent a commitment
from the contributor to read the paper in person at the BSC. Those who
cannot attend must withdraw their papers no later than June 1. Failure
to do so may adversely affect your future chances to present papers at
the BSC.*

* *

For further inquires contact the Program Chair: Linda Jones Hall
*(* *)*

Local Arrangements. Questions concerning local arrangements may be
directed to the chair of the Local Arrangements Committee: *Lynn
Jones (* *)*

*Instructions for Preparing the Abstract*

* *


* Maximum word count: 500 words

Use MICROSOFT WORD. If your abstract includes Greek characters, send a
paper copy of the abstract to the program chair to verify the Greek.
Other alphabets should be transliterated.

Printing: preferably on a laser printer.

Margins: one inch at the top and bottom, 0.75 inches at each side.

Font: Times New Roman, 12 point.

Line Spacing: Single spaced.

* *

*Title and Author*

* Title Line(s): Boldface. Centered at the top of the page.

Titles may not be longer than two lines.

Capitalize _only_ first letters of words.

Do not put your title in quotation marks; do not underline it.

* Skip one line (i.e., double space) below the title (= above the
author line).
* Author Line content: Your name, followed on the same line (in
parentheses) by your institution or (for independent scholars)
your city.

To avoid ambiguity, you may list city and country.

Please do not give titles or letters representing degrees, orders, etc.

Please list only a single, primary institutional affiliation in parentheses.

* Author Line Style & Format: Plain text (not boldface); a single
line centered below the blank line following the title line.
* Skip one line (i.e., double space) before the first line of the
body of the abstract.

* *

*Style Considerations*

* If your paper is a study based on a particular manuscript,
consider citing the MS in your abstract title as a help to
scholars when they search our abstracts for previous studies of MSS.
* Please follow the /Bulletin Codicologique/ convention for proper
citation of manuscripts (in abstract titles or in the body of your

* *

*Abstract Text*

* Abstract Text: Flush left (no right-hand margin justification).

Indent first lines of each paragraph five spaces.

Leave one empty line between paragraphs.

* No footnotes. If you need to include a citation, put it within
your text in parentheses.
* Please do NOT use the future tense (“This paper will
* Your abstract may be edited for grammar and stylistic consistency
(e.g., to remove the future tense).
* Italicize titles and words in foreign languages. Quotations and
titles in foreign alphabets other than Greek should be
* Avoid using tables or diagrams in the abstract. Photographs cannot
be reproduced.

*Sending the Abstract*

* Your submission should include *three items* in one Microsoft Word

1) A cover sheet with the information requested in the Call for Papers;

2) The abstract formatted as described above;

3) A *second copy of the abstract *with no Author Line** to ensure the
anonymous judging of abstracts.

* Submit all three items in a single e-mail attachment with page
breaks inserted between items. *E-mail this document to the
BSANA Vice President, Adam Schor (*
) *before March 16.


Related Documents for Graduate Students

* *

Graduate Student Prize Competition: *Graduate students whose abstracts
are accepted for the conference may compete for prizes granted to the
best graduate-student papers each year. First place will receive a
*$1500 *Tousimis Award and the BSANA Graduate Student Prize. *$750 *will
be awarded for second place and *$750* for third place. The Tousimis
annual award is given for the encouragement of scholarship through the
generosity of the Tousimis Research Corporation and Dr. Anastasios

*Please see the BSANA website for more information, including submission
instructions and judging criteria:*

*Please note: recipients of a first-place prize are not allowed to
compete again; however, individuals who have previously been awarded a
second- or third-place prize may compete for awards of higher rank. *

*Graduate Student Travel Subsidies for 2009*. Graduate students giving
papers at the Byzantine Studies Conference who do not reside in the area
of the conference are entitled to partial reimbursement of travel
expenses. The amount of the subsidy is limited to *$500*. Graduate
students who do not reside in the area of the conference but attend the
conference without giving a paper are eligible to receive a subsidy of
up to *$200*. Please see the website for information about the
application process: *

Graduate students delivering papers at the BSC receive complimentary
tickets to the Business Lunch and to the final reception.

New Book of Interest

From Caledonia to Pictland examines the transformation of Iron Age northern Britain into a land of Christian kingdoms, long before 'Scotland' came into existence.

by James Fraser


Fédération Internationale des Instituts d’Études Médiévales (FIDEM)

IV.e Congrès Européen d’Études Médiévales
Coesistenza e Cooperazione nel Medioevo
Coexistence et Coopération au Moyen Âge
Coexistence and Cooperation in The Middle Ages
In memoriam L.E. Boyle (1923-1999)
Palermo, 23-27.06.2009

The presentation of papers in the Congress is open ONLY to individual
members of FIDEM and to members of institutional members of FIDEM.

Download the program & information:

Download the call for papers (ital./eng./fran./deut./esp./cat./port.)

Online application until 31.01.2009:

Please submit the abstract here:

FIDEM’s website:
Information on Membership --> Presentation (left menu)
--> Congrès de la FIDEM: 2009 (left menu)
Please find below the latest instalment of the Leeds International
Medieval Congress Newsletter. The newsletter is also available online
at We hope through the
newsletter to keep in touch with IMC participants past and present,
and to inform them of forthcoming IMC events.

We would appreciate if you could print out this leaflet and display
it in your institution or department/school. We always appreciate
your feedback, so do please feel free to suggest improvements to this
newsletter, and to let us know what you would like to see included in
future issues.

With best wishes for the New Year,

Axel E. W. Müller
Director, International Medieval Congress

About the IMC
The International Medieval Congress is now in its 16th year and has
established itself as an unrivalled forum for intellectual debate in
all areas of medieval studies. Hosted by the Institute for Medieval
Studies at the University of Leeds, the IMC is held in Leeds every
July, and now attracts more than 1500 medievalists from around the
world every year. Papers and sessions are selected for the IMC by an
international committee of 35 leading medievalists. The IMC is unique
in that it welcomes papers in any major European language. The IMC is
based around a four-day programme of sessions, workshops, round
tables, and special lectures, and is complemented by a range of daily
excursions, workshops, concerts, dramatic performances, receptions, a
bookfair, craft and societies fairs, and the Congress dance.

The IMC offers so much to medievalists worldwide. Come and see for
yourselves at the IMC 2009!
I look forward to seeing you there.

Axel E. W. Müller
Director, International Medieval Congress

Section 1: IMC 2009
1.1 Academic Programme
With over 380 sessions relating to many key areas of the study of the
European Middle Ages, this year's Congress programme promises to be
just as innovative and rich as ever. We are, again, expecting more
than 1600 participants to attend. For registration information, visit

The IMC is going heretical in 2009! The IMC special thematic strand
'Heresy and Orthodoxy' is set to show that orthodoxy has always been
as controversial and as hard to pin down as heresy. 190 sessions
explore every possible permutation of the controversies of faith,
both internal and external, and how different nations and believers
dealt with threats, perceived or real, to their beliefs. This year,
the Congress will open with two plenary lectures, each of which aims
to prompt a debate that we hope will run all the way through the
Congress. John H. Arnold (Birkbeck College, University of London)
will begin with a lecture entitled 'Heresies and Rhetorics', followed
by a lecture by Jeffrey J. Cohen (George Washington University) on
'Between Christian and Jew: Orthodoxy, Violence, and Living Together
in Medieval England'.

Heresy and Orthodoxy is only one of the many focuses of the IMC, and
discussion and events at this year's Congress will be by no means
limited to this theme: a total 186 sessions plus 10 round table
discussions and workshops contribute to continuing debates in many
aspects of Medieval Studies. We are, as always, pleased to welcome
the Medieval Academy to the IMC. This year, Herbert L. Kessler (Johns
Hopkins University) will present the annual Medieval Academy Lecture,
entitled 'Against the Jews, Saracens, and heretics who say we adore
idols': Art as Orthodoxy, which will be followed by a Medieval
Academy reception. In addition, there will be two special lectures.
María Isabel Fierro (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas,
Madrid) will present a lecture, supported by Santander Universities,
entitled 'Heresy and Political Legitimacy in Muslim Spain and
Portugal' and writer Alan Garner will give a lecture entitled 'By
Seven Firs and Goldenstone: An Account of the Legend of Alderley'.

1.2 Events and Excursions:
This year's selection of events includes workshops for singers and
dancers, musical and dramatic performances representing a range of
cultural backgrounds, and a medieval banquet featuring a decorated
boar's head. There will also be hands-on workshops in calligraphy,
braiding and textiles, as well as cosmetics and perfumes. Excursions
are led by experts in their field and often give privileged access to
areas not usually open to the public. This year's excursions include
visits to the abbeys of Fountains, Kirkstall and Byland Abbey,
medieval sites in Beverley and Pontefract, as well as Conisbrough and
Skipton Castle. Full details of all events and excursions are
available in the programme and through our website. Although Congress
participants will be given precedence, as all events and excursions
are open to the public, early booking is essential.

1.3 Post Congress Tour:
Running from sea to sea, part of a frontier that stretched for 150
miles, Hadrian's Wall is one of the world's great monuments. Led by
Ian Wood and Richard Morris of the University of Leeds, this
three-day tour will explore the continuing significance of Hadrian's
Wall and the Roman frontier zone in the early middle ages. Sites
visited will include Lindisfarne, Jarrow, Hexham, as well as the
Roman forts at Arbeia, Birdoswald, Vindolanda, and Bewcastle.

1.4 Exhibitions & Bookfairs
Once again, the Congress will feature more than 70 stands showcasing
the publications and other output from publishers, booksellers, and
academic departments from around the world in our annual four-day
Main Bookfair. Following the growing success of the Antiquarian and
Second-Hand Bookfair, it returns for another year. Delegates will
have the opportunity to browse the stalls on Sunday 12 and Monday 13

1.5 Craft Fair
For the second year running the Congress will also host an exciting
one-day Craft Fair on Tuesday 14 July. Come and browse the unique
selection of hand-made items on offer! Buy something unique, ranging
from lampwork beads and replica pottery to hand forged metalwork.

1.6 Historical and Archaeological Societies Fair
Also returning for a second year, there will be an opportunity to
meet some of the many independent societies that work tirelessly
within the UK to preserve local and national history and archaeology.
Representatives will be on hand to discuss their work on Wednesday 15

1.7 Printed Programme
The printed programme will be ready in February and a copy will be
sent to everybody actively involved in the IMC 2009. A
publicly-available and fully-searchable online programme is
accessible at . The online
programme includes abstracts of all sessions.

Section 2: Looking Ahead
2.1 IMC 2010: 12-15 July 2010
In 2010, to commemorate the 550th anniversary of the death of Prince
Henry 'the Navigator' of Portugal, the International Medieval
Congress has the special thematic focus 'Travel and Exploration'.

The voyages undertaken in the name of Henry of Portugal exemplify
many of the motives that had long driven people to travel and
explore: the prospect of wealth, trade, and territory, knowledge and
curiosity, piety and religious zeal, legends and external salvation.
The Congress seeks to provide a forum for debates on the motives,
processes, and effects of travel and exploration, not only by Latin
Christians in the so-called 'Age of Discovery', but across cultures,
and throughout the medieval period.

What motives prompted travel and exploration in the Middle Ages? Were
the factors that drove exploration and travel in and from Europe the
same as in other cultures? How do travel and exploration and their
effects resonate through written, material, and visual culture? We
welcome papers and sessions on all aspects of travel and exploration,
broadly understood, including travel as a means of cultural,
political, and commercial interaction, ethnography, mental travel,
spiritual journeys, the literature of utopia, travel to any place in
our world and beyond, journeys 'real' and 'fictitious'. We would
particularly encourage submissions with cross-cultural and
comparative approaches, and in this context welcome sessions that
reach beyond the conventional chronological and geographical borders
of the European Middle Ages.

Aspects may include:
* Infrastructures and technologies of travel
* Travel and trade
* Conflict and travel
* Travel as an everyday experience
* Exploration as power politics
* Religious travel: pilgrimage, crusade, mission
* Rulers and nobility on the road
* Travel: restrictions and encouragement
* Exploration and discovery: concepts and historical processes
* Migration: forced and free, human and non-human
* Travel, exploration, and the construction and communication of knowledge
* Legends in travel and travels in legend
* Travel, exploration, and the imagination
* The art of travel and travelling in art
* Metaphorical, allegorical, and spiritual travels
* Writing travel: media, genres, motives, effects
* Mapping travels and travelling through maps

We prefer proposals to be completed online - a quick, easy, and
secure method. Paper proposals must be submitted by 31 August 2009;
Session proposals must be submitted by 30 September 2009. The IMC
welcomes session and paper proposals submitted in all major European

2.2 IMC Diary Dates
? IMC 2009 Registration Deadline: 14 May 2009
? IMC 2009: Special Thematic Strand 'Heresy and Orthodoxy': 13-16 July 2009
? IMC 2010 Paper Proposals Deadline: 31 August 2009
? IMC 2010 Session Proposals Deadline: 30 September 2009
? IMC 2010: Special Thematic Strand 'Travel and Exploration': 12-15 July 2010
? IMC 2011: 11-14 July 2011
? IMC 2012: 9-12 July 2012
? IMC 2013: 8-11 July 2013

Section 3: About the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds
3.1 Teaching and Research
Formed in 1967, the IMS continues to go from strength to strength.
IMS research spans all across Europe, from Late Antiquity to the end
of the Middle Ages, from Iceland to Africa and the Middle East. Areas
of specialisation include liturgy and music; the Mediterranean
(Islam, the Crusades); cultural history of the post-Roman period;
mission, monasticism, ecclesiastical history, and archaeology;
historical topography; art history, and critical theory. Leeds is
noted for medieval languages and their associated literatures: in
addition to Latin and Old English, Leeds caters for Old Norse,
Arabic, Hebrew, Old High German, Italian, French, and Spanish
. The Institute's links with
the Royal Armouries provide a rich environment for teaching and
research on chivalry, arms, armour, tournaments, medieval warfare,
and the archaeology of battle.

The Institute's community includes some forty scholars from
constituent Schools and partner institutions, together with a nucleus
of medievalists within the Institute who work alongside the
interdisciplinary teams that produce the Bibliography and organise
the Congress. The Bibliography and Congress attract international
visitors and lecturers, who contribute to the Institute's lively
programme of seminars, lectures, and a year long programme of
excursions and events . The
co-location of postgraduate teaching and research with the
International Medieval Bibliography and Congress provides a milieu
wherein students have the opportunity to gain practical as well as
academic experience. Links with heritage bodies and museums enable

Leeds University's Brotherton Library is one of the UK's leading
resources for medievalists, including a substantial holding of
medieval manuscripts . On the
campus edge is the archive of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society,
which contains a rich collection of regional medieval material. For
students of architecture and landscape, the great Cistercian abbey of
Kirkstall is nearby, whilst the castles, abbeys, landscapes, and
settlements of Yorkshire itself are on the city's doorstep.

3.2 International Medieval Bibliography: Call for Contributors
The International Medieval Bibliography (IMB), based at Leeds since
1967, is a multi-disciplinary database of Medieval Studies which
helps underpin the work of the IMC. Now, after the implementation of
the IMBOnline, the bibliography is working to greatly expand its
coverage of publications. To this end, the editorial team is looking
for individuals or organisations to become contributors to join its
existing range of partners throughout the world. Contributors take
responsibility for identifying and cataloguing publications relating
to specific subject or geographical areas, and are rewarded with free
subscriptions to IMB (online or print), other free publications and
other benefits. Contributors are sought who are based in the USA,
France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Portugal, Israel, Lithuania,
Greece, Cyprus, Latvia, Romania, and the Arab world, particularly
with interests in archaeology, art, regional and local history, and
vernacular languages. If you are interested in becoming a
contributor, contact the editor, Dr Alan V. Murray, at

3.3 Membership of the Institute
Membership of the IMS offers medievalists priority access to IMC
information and bookings and discounts on IMC registration and titles
produced by Brepols academic publishers. Members also receive one
free book per year from the Brepols back catalogue. There are two
levels of membership: Affiliate and Associate. Associate members will
gain access to the IMBOnline. For full details and how to join, visit
Dear Colleague,

I am writing you on behalf of the conveners of the German Historical Institute’s Medieval History Seminar to urge you to encourage your students with some command of German to apply to participate in the sixth Medieval History Seminar, to be held in London, from October 8 to 11, 2009.

The seminar is designed to bring together American, British and German Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D. recipients (2007-2008) in medieval history (broadly defined) for a weekend of scholarly discussion and collaboration. Having been a part of this seminar since its inception, I can testify to how useful the experience has been for both the Anglophone and Germanophone students who have participated through the years. Students need not be working on “German history,” and their German need not be perfect. However the seminar provides a unique opportunity for students to encounter the rising generation of young medievalists in Germany.

This year we have received some excellent applications, but we are frankly disappointed with the number. Therefore the GHI has decided to extend the deadline for applications to February 15, 2009. If you have any advanced graduate students or recent PhDs who would like to receive positive feedback on their work from their German contemporaries, as well as from Michael Borgolte (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Frank Rexroth (Universität Göttingen), Barbara H. Rosenwein (Loyola University Chicago), Dame Janet L. Nelson (King’s College London), Miri Rubin (Queen Mary, University of London), and myself, please encourage them to apply. Full information on the program can be found on the GHI website: .

Students may also email me for more information at or write me at the Collegium Budapest, Szentháromság utca 2.
H-1014 Budapest,Hungary, where I will be until the end of March.

With all best wishes,
Patrick Geary

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Fifth Islamic Manuscript Conference

The Fifth Islamic Manuscript Conference, Cambridge 24-26 July 2009:


Dear Colleagues,

The Islamic Manuscript Association is pleased to announce that the Fifth Islamic Manuscript Conference will be held at Christ's College, University of Cambridge, UK from 24-26 July 2009. It will be hosted by the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation and the Centre of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge.

The Association invites submissions of papers for its annual conference on topics related to the care, management, and study of Islamic manuscripts. In 2009, the Conference will specifically address the issue of access to manuscripts. Improving access to manuscripts through digitisation and electronic ordering and delivery systems whilst ensuring their proper long-term preservation is fundamental to the successful future study of the Islamic heritage. Presently, technologies are available that have the potential to transform the way manuscripts are studied; however, the access these technologies can allow is counterbalanced by collection holders' concerns regarding their legal rights and the financial sustainability of their organisations. During the Fifth Islamic Manuscript Conference these vital issues will be discussed by our invited speakers and selected paper presenters.

As in previous years, the Conference will be organised around the Association's four main interest groups: cataloguing, conservation, digitisation, and publishing and research. Papers on access naturally falling into these broad categories will be included in the relevant panels, so please make clear to which interest group your submission relates. We will also accept submissions related to topics that do not fall directly under the purviews of the interest groups. These may be papers about specific manuscript projects, library collections, research on a particular manuscript, etc. Please note that the total number of papers accepted will not exceed 25 and preference will be given to speakers who have not presented papers at the Association's previous conferences.

This invitation is open to members and non-members of the Association. The Conference will be bilingual in Arabic and English and submissions will be accepted in both languages. The title of your paper must be included in your submission. The deadline for submissions is 13 February 2009. Late proposals will not be considered. The duration of each conference paper is 30 minutes inclusive of ten minutes of questions and answers.

Please send your abstract (maximum 500 words) along with a brief CV mentioning at least one relevant publication and a cover sheet to the Executive Committee by email (, by fax to +44 (0)1223 302218 or by post to the address below:

The Islamic Manuscript Association

33 Trumpington Street

Cambridge CB2 1QY, United Kingdom

We look forward to welcoming you to Cambridge this coming summer.

Yours sincerely,

Davidson MacLaren

Executive Director

The Anglo Saxon Studies Colloquium

The Anglo Saxon Studies Colloquium

Please register by January 31st, using the attached form, for:

The Fifth Annual ASSC Graduate Student Conference

"Landscape, Space, and Place in Anglo-Saxon England"
University of Connecticut

Friday, February 20, 2009

* *

Conference organizers: Brandon Hawk and Andrew Grubb.

For other ASSC events and for further updates on this conference, please
visit the ASSC website at

Form at above url.


MARCH 5, 6, AND 7,

Florida State University is proud to host Vagantes 2009!

Vagantes, an annual, traveling conference for graduate students studying any
aspect of the Middle Ages, was conceived with several goals in mind:
fostering a sense of community among junior medievalists, providing exposure
to an interdisciplinary forum, and showcasing the resources of the host
institutions -- all within a student budget.

This year's conference features 24 graduate student presenters from various
institutions across North America. Additionally, Vagantes is honored to
welcome keynote speakers Richard Emmerson (Florida State University) and
Helen Damico (University of New Mexico). During the evening of March 6, Dr.
Emmerson will present "John as Visionary Witness, Participant, and
Intermediary in Medieval Apocalypses". On March 7, Dr. Damico will present
"Beowulf and the Danes: From History to Vernacular Epic". Receptions will
follow each keynote presentation.

For further information regarding the conference program, registration,
receptions and banquet, and travel logistics, please visit the conference
website: If you have additional questions,
please contact Carey Fee at

Registration for the conference is *FREE* for each and every attendee.
Everyone is more than welcome to attend some or all of the conference.
Vagantes, FSU, and the Conference Committee look forward to seeing you in

Best wishes,
Carey Fee

Vagantes 2009 Co-Chair
Ph.D. Student
Art History Department
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida
Textual Trauma:
Violence Against Texts
The workshop is sponsored by the Marco Institute for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, and is supported by the Hodges Better English Fund, the Humanities Initiative Committee, and the Office of Research at the University of Tennessee.

A Manuscript Workshop
February 6 & 7, 2009
Marco Institute for Medieval & Renaissance Studies
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The University of Tennessee in Knoxville will host a two-day workshop on manuscript studies on February 6-7, 2009. The workshop is sponsored by the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and organized by Professors
Roy M. Liuzza (English) and Maura K. Lafferty (Classics). As in previous years, the workshop is intended to be more a class than a conference; participants will be invited to share both their successes and frustrations, and work together
to develop better professional skills for textual and paleographical work.

This year’s workshop will explore acts of violence, deliberate or otherwise, against texts. Texts are inextricably bound to their material context, and material damage can have significant implications both for the reading of a text and for
our understanding of its reception and use. Aside from damage through accident or neglect, many manuscripts have erasures or corrections by contemporary or later scribes; words are deleted, names erased, text cancelled. Erasures and other deletions call attention to themselves, reminding the reader to remember to forget what has been altered or removed.

Damage and defacement may reveal just as much about reading practices, ownership (of individual books and of the meaning of the text itself), claims of authority, assertions of power, the circulation of texts, and the interactions of textual communities as more positive marks like glosses, annotations, and colophons. Some books fall apart from overuse; others are dismembered for scrap parchment; equally severe damage can result from a modern curator’s efforts to preserve or recover faded readings. Texts can also be violated in less physically damaging ways: rewritings can fundamentally alter the text's meaning, sections can be extracted and placed in new contexts, contradictory texts can be bound together, commentary that attacks or distorts the text can be copied alongside it, and so on. Arguably,
even modern printed critical editions impose this sort of violence on the texts they hope to preserve. How should we regard these many forms of violent engagement with texts? Is an act of textual violence always a violation, the destruction of a privileged original, a gap that must be repaired? Or can editors and readers learn to regard the violence itself as an element of the text's identity as a cultural and social construct? How can we read such violence to understand the later use, appropriation, or abuse of the text, and its new role(s) in a changing world?
All workshop events are open to scholars and students at any level who may be interested in learning more about textual studies through the informal presentation of practical examples. The cost of the workshop is $50 for faculty and $25 for graduate students; this fee includes the lunches on Friday and Saturday, and a reception on Friday evening.

Please visit for registration forms and further information.

The following scholars will present:
Michelle Bolduc (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee): Textual Traumas and Manuscript Cultures: The Case of Newberry Library MS 158

Eddie Christie (Georgia State University): Writing-Violence and the MSS of the Old English Poetic Solomon and Saturn

Greti Dinkova-Bruun (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto): Manuscript BL Cotton Titus D.xx: A Medieval Reader?

Julian Hendrix (University of Tennessee, Knoxville): The St. Gall Ritual: A Cultural History of its Use and Abuse

John Johansen (University of Alberta): The Worcester Fragments

Shantanu Phukan (San Jose State University): Readerly Responses and Textual Trauma: Persian Scribes and the Hindi Romance

Jay Rubenstein (University of Tennessee, Knoxville): Lambert of Saint-Omer’s Liber floridus: Searching for Consistent Vision in a Mangled and Incomplete Book

Kip Wheeler (Carson-Newman College): Virtual Reconstruction of Fragmented Manuscripts
Textual Trauma: Violence Against Texts

The workshop is sponsored by the Marco Institute for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, and is supported by the Hodges Better English Fund, the Humanities Initiative Committee, and the Office of Research at the University of Tennessee.

Szarmach Festschrift

The festschrift in honor of Paul Szarmach
is now available:

Intertexts: Studies in Anglo-Saxon Culture Presented to Paul E. Szarmach /
edited by Virginia Blanton and Helene Scheck. Tempe: MRTS, 2008. ISBN:
978-0-86698-382-2 / MR 334 / $57, €50.

Details about the contents (which include 26 excellent articles) are
available on the MRTS website:

Many thanks,
Ginny & Helene

Virginia Blanton
Associate Chair, Department of English
Associate Professor, English & Religious Studies
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, MO 64110
Voice: 816-235-2766
Fax: 816-235-1308

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Gildas Sapiens, New Perspectives Conference

19-20 May 2009
University of Manchester

Day 1

Registration and Lunch (12.00-13.40)

Introduction (13.40-14.00)
1. Professor N.J. Higham (Manchester)

History (14.00-15.30)
2. Dr K. George (Independent Scholar): 'The structure and purpose of Gildas's De excidio Britonum'
3. Professor T. Charles-Edwards (Oxford): 'Gildas and the Lawyers'

Tea break (15.30-16.00)

Church History (16.00-17.30)
4. Dr J. Wooding (Lampeter): 'Gildas and Monasticism'
5. Professor T. O’Loughlin (Lampeter): ‘Gildas and the Christian Scriptures’

Drink Reception (17.30-18.30)

Dinner (19.30)

Day 2

Gildas and Medieval Tradition (9.00 – 10.30)
6. Dr D. Howlett (Oxford): 'Gildas as Founder of Four Traditions'
7. Dr D. Bracken (Cork): 'Patrick, Gildas, Columbanus: the authority of the contemplative in the earliest Insular sources'

Tea break (10.30-11.00)

Philology of DEB (11.00-12.30)
8. Mr L. Larpi (Manchester): ‘Reims Ms 414: a new witness of De excidio’
9. Professor D. Dumville (Aberdeen): 'Gildas: the editorial dilemma'

Closing Discussion (12.30-13.30)
10. Professor M. Winterbottom (Oxford): Chair

Lunch (13.30)

Shifting Frontiers VIII

Shifting Frontiers VIII: Shifting Cultural Frontiers in Late
Antiquity will take place April 2-5, 2009, in Bloomington, IN. We
are pleased to announce that the program is now available on our
website, The conference includes eleven
sessions of papers as well as keynote addresses by Jas' Elsner
(Oxford University) and Seth Schwartz (Jewish Theological Seminary).

Conference registration can be done online or by mail. Information
about travel and a range of accomodation can also be found on the
website. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Indiana Memorial
Union (the conference hotel), and these rooms must be reserved by
March 2, 2009.

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The Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP)

The Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP) is a collaborative
archaeological research
consortium based in University College Dublin's School of Archaeology/Queens
Belfast's School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, (with
Investigators in Dr. Aidan O'Sullivan, UCD and Dr Finbar McCormick, QUB (see for team and collaborators) and research partners in CRDS, ACS
and MGL

EMAP has been funded by UCD Seed Funding 2007, the Irish Heritage Council
Archaeological Research Grants 2007 & 2008 scheme and the Heritage Council
2008 programme. A funding application has also been made for the INSTAR 2009

programme for further research and publication.

EMAP completed in 2008 a series of archaeological reports based on its
research and we
are delighted to announce that all these can now be downloaded at our
website at

O’Sullivan, A., McCormick, F. Kerr, T. and Harney, L. 2008 Early
Medieval Ireland:
archaeological excavations 1930-2004, EMAP Report 2.1
available to download at

This is our major work of archaeological synthesis in 2008. This report
provides a
complete study of early medieval excavations in Ireland, 1930-2004 and
reviews the
subject in terms of early medieval settlement, dwellings and landscape; the
medieval church; death and burial; agriculture and economy; crafts and
industry; trade
and exchange. The report – with 352 pages, figs, tables and an
extensive bibliography -
will be published as an archaeological monograph by the Royal Irish Academy,
Dublin in
2009. It obviously requires further editing and fact checking and we would
appreciate any and all comments on the text, preferably submitted to before January 31st 2009.

Harney, L., O’Sullivan, A., McCormick, F. and Kerr, T. 2008 A
bibliography of early
medieval archaeology in Ireland version 1. EMAP Report 2.2.
available to download at

This is the largest bibliography of early medieval archaeology ever compiled
in Ireland. It
is based on our database of c.4,500 entries from the 19th century to 2008
and this is
version 1. Undoubtedly, publications have been omitted and we would welcome
comments. We hope it serves as a useful resource for all archaeological and
researchers of this period in Ireland and beyond.

Sands, R., Harney, L., Kerr, T. and O’Sullivan, M. 2008 A database of
early medieval
archaeological excavations in Ireland, 1930-2004. EMAP Report 2.3.
Available for download at

This ‘hard copy’ document provides a summary account or list of
the much larger and
more useful EMAP Research Database (on 2,208 early medieval archaeological
sites) that
has ben developed under the supervision of Dr. Robert Sands. Further
research in 2009
aims to improve this database and to place it online in the project’s
Research Portal at

In 2009, we look forward to enabling more archaeological research on early
Ireland; when we have plans for an ambitious study of early medieval
settlement and
landscape, which will be our second monograph for publication in 2009. We
will be
developing a version 2 of our early medieval archaeological bibliography. We
also hope to
develop as an early medieval archaeology research portal - with
interactive website and an online database of early medieval excavations


Università degli Studi di Verona
Dipartimento di Germanistica e Slavistica
Sezione di Filologia Germanica


Verona, 15-16 gennaio 2009

======================= Programma =======================

15 Gennaio 2009, ore 14.30
Sala Banco Popolare, Via San Cosimo 10

Presentazione del Convegno:
Licinia Ricottilli (Scuola di Dottorato in Studi Umanistici, Verona)
Giovanna Massariello (Verona)

Presiede Giuseppe Brunetti (Padova)

James Cummings (Research Technologies Service, University of Oxford)

ENRICHing Electronic Manuscripts with TEI P5 XML

Daniel Paul O’Donnell (Text Encoding Initiative/Digital Medievalist,
University of Lethbridge)

Mind the Gap: Representing the Relationships among Constituents in a
Multi-Object Digital Edition


Roberto Rosselli del Turco (Digital Medievalist Project - Pisa - Torino)

Marcatura e visualizzazione di edizioni digitali: il progetto EVT
(Edition Visualization Technology)

Fabio Ciotti (Roma Tor Vergata)

Biblioteche digitali e web semantico

Arianna Ciula (Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College

Pubblicazioni ibride: quando stampa e digitale convivono. L'esperienza
del progetto Henry III Fine Rolls.



16 Gennaio 2009, ore 9.00
Sala Farinati, Biblioteca Civica, Vicolo San Sebastiano 3

Presiede Agostino Contò (Biblioteca Civica di Verona)

Emiliano Degl’Innocenti (SISMEL - Firenze)

Studi umanistici 2.0: strumenti digitali per lo studio e la ricerca
nell'era di Internet

Alfredo Trovato - Mariachiara Pellegrini (Verona)

Storia della lingua e storia della scrittura: l'epigrafia alla luce dei
supporti informatici


Presiede Jens Høyrup (Roskilde)

Federico Giusfredi (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität-München), Alfredo
Rizza (Pavia)

Filologia computazionale e lingue anatoliche

Adele Cipolla - (Verona) - Federica Goria (Torino) - Roberto Rosselli
del Turco (Digital Medievalist Project - Pisa - Torino)

Mare magnum nella rete: A Bibliography of Snorri Sturluson’s Edda sul


16 Gennaio 2009, ore 15.30
Aula Informatica S1,
Università di Verona, Polo Zanotto, Viale dell’Università

Roberto Rosselli del Turco - Federica Goria - Mosè Nicoli
Laboratorio di codifica testuale

Comitato scientifico
Prof. Adele Cipolla -
Prof. Roberto Rosselli del Turco -

Dott. Mosè Nicoli -

Segreteria del Dipartimento di Germanistica e Slavistica
Lungadige Porta Vittoria, 41
Tel. 0458028011


Roberto Rosselli Del Turco roberto.rossellidelturco at
Dipartimento di Scienze rosselli at
del Linguaggio Then spoke the thunder DA
Universita' di Torino Datta: what have we given? (TSE)

Hige sceal the heardra, heorte the cenre,
mod sceal the mare, the ure maegen litlath. (Maldon 312-3)

Patristics Carnival

The latest Patristics Carnival is up.

Monday, January 12, 2009


6th Annual Symposium of the International Medieval Society, Paris

Dates: 24-26 June 2009, Location: Université de Paris - I (Sorbonne), France
Deadline for Submissions: 1 February 2009
Keynote speakers: Dominique Iogna-Prat, Philippe Plagnieux, and Philippe Plagnieux

The International Medieval Society of Paris (IMS-Paris) is soliciting abstracts for
individual papers and proposals for complete sessions for its 2009 Symposium
organized around the theme of space in medieval France.

Questions about ideas of space have recently invigorated the field of medieval
studies, challenging prevailing Modernist views that the concept of space only
existed from the Renaissance onward. The Sorbonne's collection Constructions de
l'espace au Moyen Age: pratiques et représentations (2007) showcases recent
historical research on spatiality, particularly regarding geographical limits
and boundaries, as well as the role of space in social relations and practices,
while Sarah Kay's Place of Thought (2007) re-evaluates the complexity of the
locus communis from a literary perspective. These publications
complement ongoing investigations by historians of visual culture into the
dynamic meanings, uses and phenomenologies of medieval space.

This symposium aims to generate an interdisciplinary forum on space in
medieval France between c. 500 and c. 1500 that will enrich these ongoing
debates and our knowledge of space in the Middle Ages by approaching the subject
from a variety of perspectives. Papers should address France, Francia or post-
Roman Gaul in some way, but they need not be exclusively limited to this
geographic area.

We encourage papers on the following topics, as well as papers for open sessions
in all disciplines:
• Public and private space
• Walls, boundaries, limits
• The shape of space in medieval art, architecture, and music
• Space or place?
• Astronomy
• Sacred and profane space
• Commercial space
• Performance and the use of space
• Space and identity in the medieval city

Abstracts in French or English of 300 words or less for a 20-minute paper should
be e-mailed to no later than 1 February 2009. In addition to
the abstract, please submit full contact information, a CV and a tentative
assessment of any audiovisual equipment required for your presentation.

The deadline for abstract submission is 1 February 2009. The IMS will review
submissions and respond via e-mail by 15 February 2009. Titles of accepted papers
will be made available on the IMS website. Authors of accepted papers will be
responsible for their own travel costs and conference registration fee (35 euros,
reduced for students).

The IMS-Paris is an interdisciplinary and bilingual (French/English) organization
founded to serve as a centre for medievalists who research, work, study, or
travel to France. For more information about the IMS and the schedule of last
year's Symposium, please see our website:

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Movements in the Medieval World

Dear fellow medievalist,

We would like to bring to your attention that the Institute for
Medieval Research of the University of Nottingham is hosting a two
day Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference in May, and would like
to ask you to pass on the call for papers and poster (below) to staff
and students who might be interested in attending or presenting at
this conference.

We would also appreciate it greatly if you could print some the
attached posters of and put them up on relevant notice boards, or
otherwise spread the word within your institute.

Many thanks, and we hope to see you in Nottingham in May,
Marjolein Stern

Centre for the Study of the Viking Age

School of English Studies

University of Nottingham

University Park



United Kingdom

The University of Nottingham Institute for | Medieval Research
Call for Papers and Posters

Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference

North & South, East & West

Movements in the Medieval World

30-31 May 2009

Migration, travel and trade, the development of ideas and
establishment of organisations - the medieval world was shaped by
physical and ideological movements.

The University of Nottingham's Institute for Medieval Research
invites you to submit abstracts for papers and posters for a two-day
conference on these and other aspects of this world in motion. Under
this year's theme of North & South, East & West, we aim to bring
together the wide geographic area, vast range of disciplines, and
variety of techniques which the study of the medieval world
encompasses to explore new and collaborative approaches.

The conference will be held over two days and will include paper
presentations, a poster session and two plenary lectures.

Costs: Students £10 Staff £20

This includes coffee, tea, and lunch for both days, and an
evening reception with a guided tour of the university's
archaeological museum.

There is a possibility that the conference will result in an
on-line publication of the proceedings.

Abstracts (maximum 300 words) are to be sent to Dayanna Knight
( before 6th February 2009, stating clearly
whether you are offering a paper or poster.

If you have any queries, please contact Marjolein Stern

SEMA 2009

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to host the 2009 SEMA conference at Vanderbilt
University in Nashville, TN, October 15-17. Our conference theme will
be "Knowing and Unknowing," and our plenary speakers are Sarah Kay
(French, Princeton) and John Tolan (History, Nantes).

The conference website gives more information about the conference, a
complete call for papers (please submit electronically), and will
include registration information at a later date.

We look forward to seeing you all in October!

Lynn Ramey
Vanderbilt University
Department of French and Italian



COMITATUS: A JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES, published annually under the auspices of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, invites the submission of articles by graduate students and recent PhDs in any field of medieval and Renaissance studies. We prefer submissions in the form of e-mail attachments in Windows format; paper submissions are also accepted. Please include an e-mail address.


The editorial board will make its final selections by early May. Please send submissions to, or to Dr. Blair Sullivan, Publications Director, UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies,

302 Royce Hall, Box 951485, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1485.



A three and a half day conference on Thursday 28th May, Friday 29th
May, Saturday 30th May and the morning of Sunday 31st May 2009 to be
held in the Stevenson Lecture Theatre, the Great Court, British

Thursday 28th May

9.00-9.45 Registration

Morning session Chair: Dr Helen Molesworth (Christie's, Geneva)

9.45-10.00 Introduction
Professor Sir John Boardman (University of Oxford)

10.00-10.30 `The origins of gemstones in the ancient world'
Lisbet Thoresen (Los Angeles, USA)

10.30-11.00 `Non-destructive gemmological tests on ancient gems'
Dr Cigdem Yule (London)

11.00-11.30 Coffee

11.30-12.00 tba
Dr Nöel Adams (London)

12.00-12.30 `The use of diamond in ancient and medieval gem engraving'
Dr Jack Ogden (Gemmological Association of Great Britain)

12.30-14.00 Lunch

Afternoon session Chair: Dr Ken Lapatin (Getty Museum, Los Angeles)

14.00-14.30 `Are there reliable criteria for dating magical gems? A
sceptical view'
Dr Richard Gordon (Munich)

14.30-15.00 `Text, image and medium: the evolution of Greco-Roman
magical gemstones'
Professor Chris Faraone (University of Chicago)

15.00-15.30 Tea

15.30-16.00 `The colours of magical gems'
Professor Attilio Mastrocinque (Venice)

16.00-16.30 `Magic and medicine: gems and the power of images'
Professor Véronique Dasen (University of Fribourg)

16.30-17.00 ``Phyge Podagra, Perseus se diochi' – Greek myths on
magical gems'
Dr Árpád Nagy (Dept. of Classical Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest)

18.30 Reception
Friday 29th May

Morning session Chair: Professor Chris Faraone (University of

9.30-10.00 `Studies on magical gems in the British Museum'
Dr Simone Michel (Germany)

10.00-10.30 `Grylloi'
Dr Ken Lapatin (Getty Museum)

10.30-11.00 `Love and passion: personal cameos in Late Antiquity'
Dr Martin Henig (Institute of Archaeology, Oxford) and Dr Helen
(Christie's, Geneva)

11.00-11.30 Coffee

11.30-12.00 `The Belgrade Cameo'
Dr Antje Krug (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Berlin)

12.00-12.30 `A cameo portrait of Numerianus (AD 283-84) and related
Professor Dr Erika Zwierlein-Diehl (Institut für Kunstgeschichte und
Archäologie, University of Bonn)

12.25-14.00 Lunch

Afternoon session Chair: Dr Gertrud Platz (Staatliche Museen, Berlin)

14.00-14.30 `Three degrees of separation: detail reworking, type
updating and identity transformation in glyptic Roman imperial
portraits in the round'
Dr Elisabetta Gagetti (University of Milan)

14.30-15.00 `Gods or mortals?' – Images on imperial portrait gems,
medallions and coins in the 3rd century AD'
Dr Adrian Marsden (Norfolk)

15.00-15.30 Tea

15.30-16.00 `Intaglios in military contexts in 2nd-4th century AD
Palestine: the case of Legio and Aelia Capitolina'
Dr Orit Peleg (The Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of
Jerusalem) And Dr Yotam Tepper (Israel Antiquities Authority)

16.00-16.30 `Selected antique gems from Israel'
Professor Shua Amorai-Stark (Beer-Sheba) and Malka Hershkovitz (The
Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

16.30-17.00 `Late Roman gems from Tilurium in Dalmatia'
Dr Bruna Nardelli (Venice)

Saturday 30th May

Morning session Chair: Professor Corby Finney (Princeton)

10.00-10.30 `The Christian gems from Portugal in context'
Dr Graca Cravinho (Lisbon) and Professor Shua Amorai-Stark (Kaye
Academic College of Education, Beer-Sheba)

10.30-11.00 `Recent excavated finds of gems from Gaul (3rd-4th
Professor Hélène Guiraud (University of Toulouse)

11.00-11.30 Coffee

11.30-12.00 `Late Antique gems: some unpublished examples'
Dr Jeffrey Spier (University of Arizona)

12.00-12.30 `The argument from silence – iconographical statements of
1981 on faked gems reconsidered'
Professor Dr Josef Engemann (Vienna)

12.25-14.00 Lunch

Afternoon session Chair: Dr Jeffrey Spier (University of Arizona)

14.00-14.30 `The Constanza crucifixion gem and early Christian
Dr Felicity Marley McGowan (University of Melbourne0

14.30-15.00 `Contexts in the study of Early Christian glyptics'
Professor Corby Finney (Princeton)

15.00-15.30 Tea

15.30-16.00 `Seals in transition: their change of function and value
in Late Antiquity'
Dr Gertrud Platz (Antikensammlung Staatliche Museen zu Berlin)

16.00-16.30 `On some Sasanian seals with `classical' motifs'
Dr Rika Gyselen (CNRS, Ivry)

16.30-17.00 `Transformations of the Roman gem'
Dr Genevra Kornbluth (Maryland, USA)

Sunday 31st May

Morning session Chair: tba

10.00-10.30 `The fight of Athena and Poseidon' and its depiction on
glyptics across the centuries'
Hadrien Rambach (London)

10.30-11.00 `Myth revisited. The re-use of mythological cameos and
intaglios in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages'
Professor Sena Chiesa (University of Milan)

11.00-11.30 Coffee

11.30-12.00 `The re-use and re-interpretation of gemstones in
medieval Hungary'
Dr Tamás Gesztelyi (Debrecen, Hungary)

12.00-12.30 Late Antique cameos and intaglios in 18th-century cast
Dr Lucia Pirzio Biroli (Rome)

Contact: Chris Entwistle, Curator, Late Roman and Byzantine
Collections, Department of Prehistory and Europe, British Museum, Gt
Russell Street,
London WC1B 3DG
Email: centwistle@thebriti shmuseum.; Tel .no. 0207-323-8724

Conference fee: £60. Cheques payable to the British Museum

International conference on the Quran entitled T

From April 19-21, 2009 the University of Notre Dame will host an
international conference on the Quran entitled The Quran in Its Historical
Context. Like the 2005 Notre Dame Quran conference (the papers of which
are published with Routledge as The Quran in Its Historical Context), the
2009 conference is dedicated to an examination of the Qurans relationship
with the historical circumstances in which it emerges and with the larger
literary tradition especially Biblical in which it participates.
Particular attention will be paid to the relationship of the Quran to
Syriac Literature (and, among other things the theories of Christoph
Luxenberg). The keynote speakers of the 2009 Notre Dame conference will
be Profs. Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd and Robert Hoyland. Fr. Sidney Griffith
will also present a paper. All are welcome to attend.

For more information please visit the conference website:

The conference poster is available on my personal website:

And feel free to write me with any questions:

International Ballad Conference

The next International Ballad Conference will take place in
Minsk, Belarus, July 13-18, 2009. The organizer of the
conference, Alexander Morozov, would like to expand this
conference to include more general folklore topics and has
asked me to make this call.

The conference will be titled: World Folk Heritage: Past,
Present, and Perspective Directions of Research

Suggested paper topics include, but are not limited to:

1) The history of intercultural interaction in folk and
ballad art
2) National varieties of cultural values, values rooted in
tradition and currently undergoing transformation
3) Universal values of traditional folk cultures as a basis
for communication and cooperation
4) The art of the ballad in world folk heritage: plots,
types, poetic forms.

Abstracts of up to 300 words together with requests for
equipment should be submitted by February 28, 2009 to Prof.
Morozov at Please also provide
author's address, affiliation, contact details and a
brief CV

Conference will take place in the Humanities Building of
the National Academy of Sciences in Minsk and accommodations
will be at the Akademicheskaia hotel (prices 30-50 euros per
night). Conference registration of 50 euros is payable on
site. It is anticipated the conference registration will
take place in the afternoon of July 13 and that the program
will begin at 10AM on the 14th. An excursion is planned for
the 15th and a visit to the National Library is planned for
the 17th. A conference banquet will be held on the evening
of the 17th.

Minsk is easily accessibly by air and by ground

Languages of the ballad conference in the past have been
English, French, and German. The memo I got from Prof.
Moroz says nothing about conference languages, but I assume
they will be the same, plus perhaps Russian and/or

Prof. Morozov is the contact person for more information
although I can probably answer some of your questions.

Natalie Kononenko
Kule Chair of Ukrainian Ethnography
University of Alberta
Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
200 Arts Building
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2E6
Phone: 780-492-6810

Friday, January 2, 2009


The BIBLINDEX project is carried out by the "Institut des Sources
Chretiennes", part of HiSoMA (CNRS UMR 5189). Biblindex is funded mainly by
the "Cluster 13" of the Rhone-Alpes Regional Council and by the "Maison de
l'Orient et de la Mediterranee-Jean Pouilloux". The first stage of the
project is completed. An index of approximately 400,000 biblical quotations
and allusions from Greek and Latin patristic texts of the first five
centuries (and also St. Bernard of Clairvaux) is now available online .

This index is essentially a resumption of:
-- published volumes of Biblia Patristica, CNRS Editions, 1975-2000.
-- archives of the "Centre d'Analyse et de Documentation Patristique" (CADP)
concerning Athanasius of Alexandria, Cyril of Alexandria, John Chrysostom,
Theodoret of Cyrus, Procopius of Gaza, Jerome.

It is the first step for a comprehensive index of all biblical references
from patristic writings. Technical improvements are still necessary. In
November, we applied for a grant from ANR, a project-based funding agency to
advance French research.

To search references in Biblindex, you can open a user account on the site :
and follow directions for use.

Any question, comment or suggestion is welcome. Please write to

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !

From Laurence Mellerin

PS - Apologies for cross-posting.
Le premier stade du projet BIBLINDEX, porté par l'Institut des Sources
Chrétiennes, composante d'HiSoMA (CNRS UMR 5189), financé essentiellement
par le Cluster 13 de la Région Rhône-Alpes, et aussi par la Maison de
l'Orient Méditerranéen dans le cadre de la préparation des projets ANR, est
arrivé à son terme : sont désormais disponibles en ligne environ 400.000
références bibliques présentes dans les textes patristiques grecs et latins
des cinq premiers siècles.

Il s'agit essentiellement de la reprise des volumes publiés de Biblia
Patristica, CNRS Editions, 1975-2000, augmentés des archives non publiées du
Centre d'Analyse et de Documentation Patristique (CADP) concernant Athanase
d'Alexandrie, Cyrille d'Alexandrie, Jean Chrysostome, Théodoret de Cyr,
Procope de Gaza, Jérôme.

Ce n'est que la première étape d'un projet à vocation exhaustive, et des
améliorations fonctionnelles restent à prévoir: un projet ANR a été déposé
en novembre pour poursuivre le travail. Mais une interrogation simple du
corpus disponible est déjà opérationnelle.

Pour accéder à ces données, il vous suffit de créer un compte sur le site,, et de suivre les indications du formulaire de

Pour toute question, suggestion ou remarque, n'hésitez pas à écrire à

Joyeux Noël et bonne année !

De la part de Laurence Mellerin

P.S.- Avec toutes nos excuses pour les doubles envois.

Portals, Pathways, and Peregrinations: Concepts of Mobility and Exchange in the Long Middle Ages

Portals, Pathways, and Peregrinations: Concepts of Mobility and
Exchange in the Long Middle Ages

4th Annual Medieval Studies/Pearl Kibre Medieval Study
Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

March 27, 2009: CUNY Graduate Center, New York

Over several hundred years, the medieval world saw increased
movement, mobility, and exchange, as well as greater flexibility in
the way these concepts were conceived. From the late Roman Empire to
the eve of the Reformation, the fragmentation and consolidation of
empires and shifting role of religion led to new contacts between and
among people and institutions. Meanwhile, the expansion of networks
of trade led to growth of cities and the development of new social
classes. Saints¢ cults, which emphasized specific towns or
monasteries as particular loci of power, contributed to this movement
and exchange by developing the concept of pilgrimage and facilitating
the collection and translation of relics.
The changing landscape of the medieval world led to an increasing
complexity in human relationships. Whether in the political and
economic conflicts between the entrenched nobility and the nouveau
riche, or in the religious conflicts resultant from the proliferation
of heterodoxical or heretical groups, the Middle Ages involved
constant attempts to renegotiate and redefine relationships among
people and power structures.
We invite papers from graduate students in all academic disciplines
that address the role of movement, mobility, and exchange from late
antiquity through the early modern period. How do these concepts
intersect? How did the changes in economics, politics, religion, and
society affect and relate to each other? In what ways did medieval
literature make sense of these shifts and probe interactions with the

Topics may include but are not limited to:
relics (invention, translation, and theft)
travel narratives
textual translation
vernacular languages

Please submit abstracts of 250 words to by
January 31, 2008.

Professor Evelyn Birge Vitz of New York University will deliver our
keynote address.